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Why eating a lot isn’t a bad thing

Some people eat more than others and some people judge others for eating a lot. I was in a relationship where my boyfriend hardly ate anything whereas I was in the habit of eating what I would class as a normal amount. In other words, breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, and dinner. I wasn’t overweight, if anything my BMI was on the lower end. So when I was accused of eating a lot and certainly more than my partner, I felt my partner failed to recognize why it was a good thing and why him not eating enough was a bad thing. I will explain why in this article.

1. If you eat a lot without putting on weight then the chances are you have a good metabolism

If you think about it, when you are younger you can eat a lot more and not put on the weight for example children have the ability to eat a lot without putting on the weight. Sure you can use the argument that they are more active but not all children are, you do get some bookworms out there. Even as teenagers, many eat a lot without putting on weight, in fact cheese burgers with milkshakes and fries are often normal for most teenagers even though it comes with 1000 calories. If as an adult you can do the same and not put on weight, then what can I say, you are truly blessed.

2. You can use your food intake as a lever in the future

As you age, your metabolism slows so to keep your weight you will either need to increase your exercise or eat less. They say to lose one pound of fat, you need to burn or reduce your calorie intake by 3,500 calories. In other words being in calorie deficit by 500 calories per day for 1 week.

For someone that consumes 2,500 calories, reducing to 2,000 calories is achievable but if you were only eating 1,200 and that is all your body was used to then reducing to 700 calories is dangerous and unsafe.

3. You probably have more muscle than you realise

Muscles burn more calories so if you are able to eat more food, then the chances are you have more muscles. Even if you are not working out it may be muscles you have had having an active lifestyle from growing up. It may well be that you are actually on your feet more than you realise for example if you are constantly cleaning or tidying up then you are most likely burning calories. The fact that you are eating more and not putting on the weight is probably a sign that you are healthy.


Next time someone tells you that you eat a lot, take it as a compliment and instead of feeling judged, be pleased. Of course if you are putting on weight then it is best to reign it in and control what you eat but at least you have your food intake as a lever.

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